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BP to Invest $1 Billion in Renewables in 2011

BP plans to invest $1 billion in 2011 in its renewable energy business, roughly the same amount it invested last year.

During the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call, BP CEO Bob Dudley said that a bulk of the company’s green Capex would largely support biofuel and wind projects.
Since 2005 BP says its has invested about $5 billion in its renewable energy business.

Dudley mentioned that BP was planning to construct a biofuel refinery in the Southeastern U.S. in the next 12 months. This is likely BP’s wholly-owned Vercipia cellulosic ethanol facility in  Highlands County, Florida.

As part of its biofuel buildup, this summer BP acquired Verenium Corp’s cellulosic biofuels business for $98 million.

In Brazil BP holds a 50 percent stake in Tropical BioEnergia and plans to invest $1 billion to operate two ethanol refineries.

As for wind,  in the U.S. BP currently generates more than 1,200 megawatts of wind-powered electricity. In July it launched construction of the 250-megawatt Cedar Creek II wind farm in Weld County, Colo.

BP announced fourth-quarter net income, up 30 percent to $5.6 billion compared to the same time period a year ago.

By. Terrence Murray

Source: Green Energy Reporter

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  • Anonymous on February 03 2011 said:
    The billions is only a tax right off. Oil is what drives this planet not ethanol and windmills.. fools wake up.
  • Anonymous on February 04 2011 said:
    You used the right word, Christian. "Fools". Can't they understand that BP is just playing a game with their talk about windmills and the like.And incidentally, I have nothing against that and other major oil companies. If I were in their place I would probably be doing the same thing.

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